WHAT IS CHEESE?
Cheese is made by milk, rennet and dairy bacteria. The milk proteins turn into curd and this is the origin of cheese.
Any milk can be used to make cheese, including sheep and goat’s milk.
Cheese can be even made from powdered milk!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO START AS A BEGINNER?
We would recommend making some of the simple and easy hard cheeses, available on our recipes to download page.
These are perfect for a beginner to get started with and will not cost a fortune in outlay.
We can also recommend places and sites where you can purchase beginner’s cheese making kits, which will include a mold for the cheese.
If you would rather begin with soft cheeses, there are some very good recipes containing goat’s milk to get started with.
I AM VEGETARIAN CAN I STILL MAKE CHEESE?
Yes, it is possible to buy vegetarian rennet for the cheese.
CAN I MAKE CHEESE WITHOUT SALT?
If you wish to make a cheese without salt we would recommend a simple mozzarella or ricotta.
You can download some of the recipes from our site.
WHY IS SALT IN CHEESE?
Salt is used in cheese for more than just the flavor. The salt also helps in halting the bacteria down and stops the cheese from being too acidic.
HOW DO I CALIBRATE A THERMOMETER?
You should use an accurate thermometer to check the cheese making thermometer against. For example, this could be a medical thermometer.
We would advise boiling some water to 90 degrees and checking this with the medical thermometer, against the cheese thermometer.
If they are not the same, it is easy to alter it by using a wrench to unscrew the nut beneath the head. Doing this will move the dial.
Calibrate your thermometer at least once a month.
HOW DO I CUT THE CURDS?
The curds can be cut with an ordinary knife, but if you’re worried about leaving a mark on the pot, then invest in a proper curd knife.
WHAT ABOUT SANITIZING THE TOOLS?
UTENSILS – These should be boiled in water for at least ten minutes. Or they could be put through a hot dishwasher cycle.
PANS – You will need something called a milk stone remover, they can be bought online. You will also need an acid based cleaner to remove this properly.
KITCHEN COUNTERS – Invest in a good food grade sanitizer to clean your sides with.
THE CHEESECLOTH – You should use a specific cheesecloth, not just a dishcloth, as it will not be good enough to make cheese with.
Before using for the first time, wash it with detergent and cold water. And after use, make sure it is rinsed immediately in cold water.